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7 Ways Your Library Can Save You Money

April 11, 2014 by storysean

Energize your household budget

The following tips are great ways to cut costs at home, while using the library.

1.    “Subscribe” to the library. Have you cut out magazine subscriptions at home or stopped the paper? Come to your local library branch to read the current issues of your favorite magazines. Don’t forget you can check-out back issues of almost all magazine subscriptions and take them home.  Many people don’t know that they can also access online periodical (magazine) databases on the library website.  You can easily connect to thousands of full-text articles in your favorite magazines and newspapers.  Take a look at our online magazine databases at

2.    “Watch” a movie from the library. Did you know the library has current DVDs and music CDs?  Take a break from high rental rates and choose a DVD at one of our eight locations for a family movie night. We might even have the hard-to-find title your local video store can’t get in for you. Can you really afford not to check-out a movie with no rental fee?

3.    “Read” first then buy.  Do you buy a lot of books?  Think about checking books out and then buying those you can’t do without.  The library can find just about any title you can imagine.  If we don’t own it, we can most likely get it from another library in the United States or world. Inter-Library Loan is a great low-cost service for those whose need the hard-to-find titles.

4.    “Access” our Internet and Wi-Fi.  Each Lincoln City Libraries location has free Internet and Wi-Fi available.  Make it a habit to enjoy our spaces and save at the same time.  Don’t be afraid to come in and enjoy our locations to escape the heat or find comfort away from the cold.

5.     “Attend” free programs at the library.  Your library offers comprehensive programming for both kids and adults.  These high quality programs include music, computer classes, guest speakers, book groups, arts and crafts, movies, and more.  Our summer reading programs for kids attracts thousands of attendees each year.  And One Book One Lincoln programming has become one of the signature adult events each year.  

6.    “Save” gas and walk to one of the local branches near home.  While there, research which cars are most economical, learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, and maximize household savings by learning how to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency.

7.    “Find” a new job or learn a new skill.  When you’re in, take a look at our résumé building books or job-hunting resources.  Some of these resources can even be accessed from home as eBooks.  You’ll also be amazed at the variety of free classes the library offers throughout the year.  It’s never too late to add some new tricks to your bag.  Energize your job search with tips from Lincoln City Libraries.

See seven more ways the library can save you money

Would you like some more information on how much your library is saving you out-of-pocket?  Visit our Library Value Calculator and find out what Lincoln City Libraries could save you.

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Green Computing

October 31, 2008 by storysean

It is bad for the computer to turn it off and on frequently.

Computers are currently designed with the ability to power cycle on/off around 40,000 times. This is many more times that the average user will ever do in the 5-7 year lifespan of a computer.  Turning off the computer also helps reduce heat, stress, and wear on the system.

Turning your computer off uses more energy than leaving it on.

The power used by a CPU to boot up is much less than the energy used by it to remain on for 3 minutes.

Screen savers save energy.

Screen savers were originally designed to protect the lifespan of monochrome monitors, which are now obsolete.  Most screen savers do not save energy unless they actually turn off the screen or, in the case of laptops, turn off the backlight.

Network connections are lost when a CPU goes into low-power/sleep mode.

Newer computers will allow sleep on networks to prevent loss of data or connection.

Tips and Tricks to Green Computing

  • Power off your monitor when not in use instead of using screensavers
  • Enable the standby/sleep mode and power management settings
  • Power computers down on weekends and evenings
  • Turn off all devices until you are ready to use them (scanners, speakers, printers)
  • Don’t power your computer on until you are ready to use it
  • Select dark backgrounds for your screen display. Do not use bright  displays, which consume more power
  • Review documents and emails onscreen instead of printing them out
  • Use double sided printing functions


  • A computer left running continuously will emit 2,161 pounds of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to the CO2 emitted by burning 191 gallons of gasoline
  • Turning a computer off at night so it runs only 8 hrs a day reduces 810 kWh per year, or a nearly 67% yearly savings.
  • By turning off computers at night and weekends Lincoln City Libraries could  see a savings of 55.6% in energy consumption.  This means a reduction of 196 tons of C02 emitted, which is equivalent to the C02 emitted by burning 21,111 gallons of gasoline .


Create a “Green” Machine:

Enable Power Management Features:

Lincoln City Libraries encourages all computer users to turn on their Power Management Features.

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
  • Select Start> Settings> Control Panel> and Display.
  • Select the Screen Saver tab. Choose a predominantly black screen saver and set it to wait for 5 minutes
  • Click on Settings or Power to reach the power management settings
  • Click the Shut Off Monitor box and set for 10 minutes
  • Click Ok or Apply.
  • Set Turn off hard disks for 15 minutes (or less)
  • Set System standby for 30 minutes (or less)
  • Click Ok or Apply.

Mac OS X

  • Click on the apple symbol (Apple Menu) in the upper left of your screen
  • Go to "System Preferences," Click "Show All" and select "Energy Saver" from the "Hardware" row
  • Click on the "Show Details" button> Select "Power Adapter" under "Settings For:" If you are unable to complete this step an administrator has prevented you from changing these settings. Please stop here
  • Set "Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive" to 30 minutes (or less) using the slider
  • Check the box for "Use separate time to put the display to sleep" and set the time to 15 minutes (or less) using the slider
  • Check the box for "Put the hard disk to sleep when possible."



Additional Energy Saving Resources: *

Climate Savers Computing-

Department of Energy-

Energy Star-

Environmental Protection Agency-


Green Power Equivalency Calculator

Ohio University Green Computing


* Lincoln City Libraries acknowledges that text and concepts in this document were adapted from energy saving information contained within the listed web sites.


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